Kyle W. Kiihnl $1000 Scholarship

We offer a $1000 college scholarship to high school seniors. Scholarship recipients may use the scholarship at the college or trade school of his or her choice. The Kyle W. Kiihnl Scholarship Committee will select the scholarship recipients.


  • Applicant must be a graduating high school senior in in the Class of 2018.
  • Finalist(s) must be available to be interviewed by the Scholarship Committee.
  • Recipient can use the scholarship at the college or trade school of his or her choice within two years of being named a recipient.


  • Cover letter.
  • Copy of acceptance letter from college or trade school of choice​.
  • 400 word minimum essay. 
  • The essay will be the primary factor in determining scholarship recipient.
  • Must be submitted in Times New Roman, font size 12.

Essay must be written on one of  the following topics:

  1. Explain why Maggie’s Law is a major step forward in getting us to realize the seriousness of driving sleepy.
  2. Describe a drowsy driving incident experienced by you, a friend or family member. What led up to this incident and how could it have been prevented?
  3. Should drowsy driving be prosecuted like drunk driving or texting while driving?

If you would like to apply for the scholarship, please download the information sheet and follow the detailed instructions and submission deadlines. Or use the download button at the bottom of this page.

Exceeding Expectations $2,500 Scholarship

The Houston High School Wrestling Booster Club initiated a memorial scholarship fund in Kyle’s name to be given to the wrestler at Houston High School that “exceeded expectations”. Those were the words Head Coach Walt Holmes used to describe Kyle at the wrestling banquet just one month prior to Kyle’s death.

In 2009, the Foundation continued the tradition of presenting the Kyle W. Kiihnl Exceeding Expectations Scholarship for Houston High School Wrestlers. Each recipient has exceeded expectations through his hard work, determination, commitment and focus on academics.  

Since 2002, the Kyle W. Kiihnl Memorial Foundation has given more than 19 college scholarships to local high school seniors including our yearly Exceeding Expectations scholarship.

Scholarship Winners

Justin Branham, 2017 Exceeding Expectations Honoree

Justin Branham is a Varsity wrestler at Houston High the recipient of the 2017 Kyle Kiihnl Exceeding Expectations $2500 Scholarship. This scholarship goes to the wrestler that 'exceeded the expectations' of the wrestling team and of Head Coach, Walt Holmes. Joni Fox, Executive Director of the Foundation and Drew Fryman, Kyle's best friend and wrestling teammate, presented this award.

Olivia Grace Sistrunk, 2017 Scholarship Recipient

"At one point I closed my eyes for maybe five seconds, and in those five seconds so much happened. The car shifted to the right just enough to pull the wheels in the ditch; the concrete bridge approached; my foot pressed the gas. Two-seconds before impact, I opened my eyes with no time to brake."
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Scholarship information